OBOD Southern Hemisphere Assemblies

The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids

17th OBOD Southern Hemisphere Assembly

Friday 10th August - Tuesday 14th August 2018

 

The Golden Wattle Seed Group would like to welcome the Southern Hemisphere O.B.O.D Community to the 17th Annual Assembly, being held at the Glenhaven Park Campsite, located on 16 acres of land situated in a  peaceful, picturesque valley at Stockport SA, 20 minutes north of Gawler.

 


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Essential Requirements

 

Important Note: You must be a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids (OBOD) to attend the Assembly, or be a partner of an attending member,  be sympathetic to the OBOD principles and over 18 (or accompanied by a parent/guardian). Visit http://druidry.org/ for more information on OBOD.

The Venue

South Australia

Glenhaven Park Campsite  

Glenhaven Park Camp Site is a residential and school camp site located in a peaceful, picturesque valley at Stockport SA, 20 minutes north of Gawler. Perfect for school camps and group bookings.

Some of Glenhaven's activities are  High & Low ropes courses, Giant Swing, Initiative activities, archery, orienteering, bush skills, swimming and hiking. Although we probably won't have time to take advantage of these!

The surrounding area is the traditional land of the Ngadjuri people. The Ngadjuri territory stretches up through Freeling, Kapunda, Tarlee, Riverton, and Clare,  all the way up towards Quorn, then inland in an easterly direction towards Bimbowrie, back down south through Ketchowla, Burra, Eudunda and Truro (http://aboriginalastronomy.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/ngadjuri-astronomy-south-australia.html).

Accommodation for up 86 people in 6 cabins which are fully air-conditioned with a toilet & bathroom and separated leader’s quarters.

Their fully equipped kitchen provides highly nutritious quality meals; fresh fruit and drinks are available at all times and are included in the standard catered charges. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice, e.g. vegetarian, diabetic etc. Our dining area has facilities for seating 100 people in air-conditioned comfort.

Fenced parklands with an oval, a 12 metre swimming pool, enclosed recreation shed and a large area of natural bush setting completes the picture.

 

 

 

How To Get There

If you are driving, please note that Glenhaven Park is 70 minutes from the Adelaide CBD via National Highway M20 and Horrocks Hwy/Main N Rd/A32. Google maps directions here

 

For those who are traveling by plane, there is a shuttle bus from the airport to the city. Bookings are not needed. On arrival make your way to the Information and Tourism Bookings Booth located on the ground floor of the terminal. The staff will help you with your shuttle booking and let you know the time of the next shuttle (approx every half hour). Follow the link for more details and the phone number.

You can choose to take the train from the Adelaide Rail Terminal to the Gawler Interchange, where someone can collect you. This link will take you to the train timetable - city to Gawler times are found on page 5 of the timetable. A metro (fare for the train or bus) is $5.40 ($2.70 conc) before 9am and after 3pm, and $3.50 ($1.40 conc) between 9.01am and 3pm.

We have an approximated cost for Des' Minibus who could do one or two pickups from the airport and take groups directly to the Assembly venue.

The approx cost of a 21 seat minibus and large trailer for a group of 10 people, with luggage and musical instruments etc., from the airport to Glenhaven Park Campsite is: $310.00 one way. Any group using this service will be responsible for sharing the cost. (For 10 people this works out at approx $31.00 each).

Bookings are required for this service, pick up and return. Payment is required in full at the time of booking via credit card (Visa/Mastercard/Amex). Please contact 08 8440 1600 if you wish to make a booking as a group (subject to availability).

If you wish to hire a car from the airport, this address will take you to a site with a large number of options:  Adelaide Airport Rental Cars

Accommodation

There are  6 cabins which are fully air-conditioned with a toilet & bathroom and separated leader’s quarters. Follow this link to see the map of Glenhaven park. Cabin 6 is fitted with wheelchair access and disability modifications to the bathroom and toilet facilities - this cabin has been reserved for Baden and his group at the present time.

Glenhaven does not supply bedding for guests, so you will need to bring your own sleeping bags, blankets sheets and pillows. We are looking to source bedding, and will keep you all updated regarding this issue.

For those wishing to camp out in tents, the cost will be the same as for those staying in cabins as per site invoicing.

There are two other options available for those who are not able to stay onsite... One  offers catering, and the other does not.

When booking please make sure you scroll across to see all options available. Please be aware that if you choose the options for Cabin, Camping or Day Guest (staying offsite) - catered, your catering will automatically be done. If you choose the offsite non-catered option, you will not be catered for. You can choose a combination of the accommodation types if you wish, which will give you a bit of flexibility.

Facilities

Glenhaven Park Campsite has indoor accommodation in 7 fully airconditioned cabins with in cabin bathroom facilities. There is space for tents.
Glenhaven Park Campsite is the home of a mixed array of fauna and flora.

A fully-equipped commercial kitchen with large gas stove, microwave, toasters and large fridges. A fridge/freezer and tea and coffee station are available all day.

just a cute picture of one of the locals!! 🙂

Costs

We have had to include an extra fee of $40.00 for incidentals, which has been added to the bottom of the accommodation bookings. This fee is separate from accommodation, and will assist us with paying for everything from toilet paper and cleaning products, to liquor licensing. Any monies left after taking out venue costing and incidentals will be calculated and hopefully we will be able to support someone to attend this year's Southern Hemisphere OBOD Assembly.

 

Total costs are as follows:

Catered Cabins = $332.00

Due to being charged for catering for each person staying onsite, and also due to the kitchen facilities of the site being off limits, we are not able to offer a self-catered option. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

 

 

Catering

The Assembly will be catered by the wonderful team at Glenhaven Park Campsite. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice, e.g. food intolerance/allergy, vegetarian, diabetic , coeliac etc.

We do need a minimum of 25 people for the catering. Please assist us by choosing the catered option if you are able. /|\

Please choose the Breakfast & Lunch and Dinner & Dessert if you will be staying onsite for all meals. If you decide to stay offsite for one of these nights, please choose accordingly.
Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea and Supper are subject to meal selection. For example if you choose Breakfast and Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are also supplied at no charge, likewise with Dinner & Dessert, supper is supplied at no charge, and a tea and coffee station is available all day.

Unfortunately no Self-Catering is available
Unfortunately there is a clause in the guidelines that says the kitchen is an out of bounds area (see under the heading of Property on page 2 of the guidelines)... We are also being invoiced for meals for each person who will be staying onsite, but have been assured that if you have any special food requirements the staff are only too happy to accommodate them.

A fridge/freezer is available for those who have cold food items they wish to store, and a microwave is available for small things.

 

Early Arrival

Unfortunately we are not able to offer accommodation for early arrivals, however you might like to take advantage of the extra time to catch up with people, visit some of the local sites and stay in some of the gorgeous accommodation to be found around the Adelaide region.

Activities

~~NB: this is a work in progress... still getting the order of things settled ~~

Friday:
Arrival
Hugs all round time
Afternoon tea and chat time
Settling into the cabins
5pm we will gather for introductions
6-7pm will be dinner in the Dining Hall
7.30pm  The Golden Wattle Seed Group will welcome everyone to the Assembly.
Approx 9.30pm we will have some time for socialising, perhaps have a bit of a Bardic Circle around the fire.

Saturday might be a bit hectic!
In the morning our gorgeous Unanyntji will lead early risers in a connecting to the self with some divine dancing.
We will have some brekkie, and then head to Paxlease House for a talking stick discussion about the weekend, the venue and a blessing for the day. We will do a practice run-through of the casting circle with Awen, and have a meditation to connect us to the land, to one another and to our ancestors of place and spirit. The opening Ritual will then commence.
Morning tea will be gladly consumed!

We will be having some workshop lecture things happening - these will be announced closer to the assembly.
Bardic Initiation Ceremonies
For those not taking part in the Bardic Initiations you have the perfect opportunity to meditate, explore the beautiful space or do some journal writing.

We will be making clooties to be put to use during our Imbolc Ritual, which will be placed on the Altar to Bridgid until we are ready to use them.
There will be an Eisteddfod, which will see us sharing stories, poems, songs and plays.

Sunday will be much of the same, but we will also be having our Women's and Men's circles in the morning.
More workshops and lectures will be held throughout the day.

Ovate initiation ceremonies will take place after lunch.
Imbolc Ritual discussion will happen straight after tea
Bardic Circle after that.

Monday
Early morning wake up - Ritual will be happening as the day is dawning...
Pre-breakfast coffees
Breakfast
Talking stick
Lectures and workshops
Druid Initiation Ceremonies.
More workshops
Market place
Bardic/sharing circle

Tuesday 
Breakfast
Sharing circle
Farewelling ceremony
Morning tea
Final workshop
Lunch
Packing up
Cleaning up
Vacating

What To Bring

It tends to be quite cold around August in Adelaide and surrounds, so you will need to pack warmly...

The usual things

Torch
Ritual wear (if you have OBOD robes in grade colours please bring those)
Cloaks
Medications
Insect Repellent
Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, towel, razors, feminine hygiene products etc)
Clothing (think warm clothes and sleepwear - jeans, long sleeves, jumpers, overcoats, gloves, scarves, beanies)
Water resistant shoes or boots  (you may need a spare pair)
Don't forget socks (possibly lots of socks!...It might get a bit boggy and wet!)
Bedding (Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows)
Writing implements (blank book, journal, pens, pencils etc)
Musical instruments and music
Tarot/Oracle Cards, Runes, Ogham etc.
Nibbles and BYO alcohol, any specialist teas, coffees or milk (Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Goats Milk) you may drink
Phone/Mobile Devices and Charging docks
An umbrella (just in case)

Tent, mattress and ground protector if you are camping

Just a bit of a list.

 

Payments

Deposit of $50 required by 21st April 2018. Remainder of cost to be finalized by 13th July 2018.

Early payments are gladly accepted as these will assist with paying deposits etc.

Payments can be made via cheque, direct deposit or PayPal.

Cheques made out to Tracy Breed can be sent to: Golden Wattle Seed Group, C/O 61 Doctors Road, Morphett Vale, 5162 SA...

Direct deposits can be made to our NAB Account - Details are:
Account Name: Tracy Breed
BSB: 085-183
Account Number: 48-114-7256
Please include your name and in the description OBOD (deposit) or (full payment) etc.

If paying by PayPal, please use the email address: golden.wattle.seed.group@gmail.com - Again include your name and the description. I have also set up a PayPal.me link, which is paypal.me/GoldenWattle to hopefully  make payments a little easier.

The Fine Print

It is a condition of attendance that no  illegal substances are consumed on the premises. The Golden Wattle Seed Group will not accept any responsibility for any individuals who are found to be in possession of these substances.

 

 

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Bookings are open until Tuesday 10th July 2018. Payment in Full must also be received by this date.
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